4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid

Book 1: Published Nov 1st, 2016; 416 pages

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a creature trained from birth to be a guard and protector for her owner Sidonia. When Sidonia is summoned to the capital as a war prisoner, the family sets out to find a way to send Nemesis in her place. Continue reading “Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid”

4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Scythe by Neal Shustermann

Published Nov 22nd, 2016; 435 pages

(The sequel was just published Jan 9, 2018. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m super excited!)

I loved this book! Taking place in the future where the world’s problems are solved, including death, scythes were formed to keep overpopulation at bay. But while corruption in the world is no longer an issue, factions of belief have started to rise in the scythedom.  Continue reading “Review: Scythe by Neal Shustermann”

4 stars · Fantasy · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Published Sept 12th, 2017; 353 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.”

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4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Wow. This book was good, but boy did it take dystopian to another level.

I’ve seen the movie, but the book is so much darker. The adults in this book are downright cruel in their manipulation of children. The ruin who knows how many kids lives. Some of the characters get ill, others go half crazy. And those are just some of the characters we actually know about. What about all the previous ones who “failed”?  Continue reading “Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.


This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Time Keeper by Tara Sim

published November 8th, 2016 by Sky Pony Press

pages: 424

genre: YA science fiction/steampunk

In this world, clocks are a magical thing that keep time in order. If there’s something wrong with the clock, it can cause time to slow, or skip, or even stop a town in the same time forever. While mechanics are people that have the skills to be able to maintain and repair the clocks, the knowledge of how to create them or repair a clock once it has completely stopped has been lost.

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3 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier


published: 2013 by square fish
pages: 480
genre: time travel YA fantasy
series: Book 3 of 3 in the Ruby Red Trilogy


I thought that this book was a great ending to the series. There was not nearly as much annoying recap, like at the beginning of the 2nd book. I felt like the quirkiness of the characters was also in check and stuck to their personalities. Nothing felt forced. I felt like this book had finally worked out most of the kinks found in the past two volumes.

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